Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1877
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Department: Psychology
Address: 133 Greenbank
Ottawa, Ontario K2H6L3
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Ottawa-Gatineau
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 613-729-8693x8105
Fax: 613-596-8797
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: School District
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Gillian Stanley
Chief Psychologist: Kristin Schaub
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Position Information
Start Date: 08/29/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns are able to claim mileage for required travel.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day at the OCDSB Internship Program for School Psychology would involve providing assessment, consultation, and support to students, staff, and families at local elementary or secondary schools. Interns would typically see students aged 4-18, and have either scheduled supervision or access to supervisors as required throughout the day. You will typically be seeing clients face to face on most days, as well as writing reports and connecting with staff and families. Other activities include didactic training and research, as well as participating in our system-level clinical consultation teams. Over the summer months, interns complete program development or program evaluation activities, either individually or in a group. Supported by regular supervision meetings, interns are also provided with time to engage in self-reflection and professional growth in areas of interest.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/08/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants who are invited to interview will be notified on December 3, 2021.  Coordination of interview times will begin on December 6, 2021.  We adhere to the informal agreement amongst Canadian internship sites and hold our interviews during the middle two weeks in January; for 2020, they would be held between January 10 and January 24.  Interviews are requested and coordinated by individual email.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to address potential inequity and financial hardship for candidates, all interviews will be conducted virtually.

Interviews consists of three portions, all of which will take place by video conferencing if possible, although phone interviews can be arranged. Candidates initially meet individually with the Director of Clinical Training and the Directory of Psychology. This is an informal meeting to provide an overview of the program and give the candidate a chance to ask questions and learn more about the program. It is also an opportunity for both the candidate and the staff to better understand the candidate's training goals and describe experiences offered by the program that may be of interest. This meeting is scheduled for 60 minutes.

Following this, candidates meet individually with two members of the interview team for the formal interview lasting 60-90 minutes.

Candidates are then provided with the opportunity to meet individually with a current intern for about an hour. This meeting is confidential; no information from the meeting will be provided to staff members.

Following this interview process, candidates are welcome to contact the Director of Clinical Training, or other staff/interns as arranged, for additional information regarding the program or the experience.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia, OISE, McGill
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: As of September 1, 2021, all staff members and volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment at the OCDSB; this also applies to psychology interns. Exemptions will be made for individuals with medical, religious, or creed-based accommodations. Please note that if you are not fully vaccinated, there may be additional expectations, such as frequent COVID-19 testing or restricted in-person work. We will be following ongoing direction from the Ontario Ministry of Health in this matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Program Description

We acknowledge that the Ottawa Carleton District School Board Internship Program in School Psychology takes place on the traditional unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabeg Territory, and we thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land. A significant focus of this internship program is on diversity: working towards developing a knowledge and understanding of anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and culturally relevant practice. We recognize and value the importance of lived experience and experientially gained knowledge.

This internship program is designed to develop the clinical and professional/ethical skills required to function as a school psychologist, with an emphasis on the scientist-practitioner model. All work is conducted in a multi-disciplinary context.

Interns are assigned to 3-4 elementary and secondary schools to which they provide services for the duration of the school year (September - June). In schools, interns are provided with the opportunity to conduct assessments (learning, developmental, behavioural, mental health, risk, threat) with elementary and secondary students (aged 3-21) from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. They are also able to develop intervention skills with students and their families through short-term counselling or more in-depth involvement. A major focus of this internship is developing effective consultation skills by consulting with school staff, community professionals, and families.

Additional clinical opportunities are offered to meet the intern's training goals and round out their training experience; these last for 5-10 months, depending on the areas selected. Examples of these include Early Learning, Autism, Behaviour, Gifted, and Program Evaluation.

Interns are also expected to participate in didatic and other professional development opportunities, and conduct clinical research throughout their training year. Further, they are provided with the opportunity to supervise practicum students.

During the summer months, interns complete program evaluation or program development activities. They also have the opportunity to engage in self-reflection and professional growth activities to support their transition from intern to autonomy.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders:
Sexual Offenders:
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 6 10 4
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 6 8 4
Total number of interns: 1 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 0 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 36 3 21
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 36 31 73
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1 1 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 1 0 1
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 1 1